Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (122)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

122. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance if officials of the Revenue Commissioners have visited a site (details supplied) in County Kildare to date in 2019; if so, the nature and-or reason for inspection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35833/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Section 851A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 requires Revenue to uphold taxpayer confidentiality and prohibits the release of any information that could lead to the identification of taxpayers.

Revenue has however, assured me that it carries out a full range of risk-based interventions to combat all types of tax evasion and non-compliance. These interventions include visits to construction sites, many of which are conducted on a multi-agency basis with other Departments or Bodies, including the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The site visits are primarily focussed on identifying and rectifying bogus self-employment situations and ensuring the proper operation of the PAYE system, but will also investigate any other forms of tax non-compliance found to be in operation.